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Friday, December 27, 2013

Apparently, not much happens in Montana and Nebraska.

Not much happens in "Nebraska" the film, either.

And yet, indelible images remain fixed in your mind's eye after seeing this modest film from director Andrew Payne ("Descendents," 2011; "Sideways," 2004).

Scenes depict the stark Nebraska landscape as Woody (Bruce Dern) and his son, David (Will Forte) drive from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., to "claim" a $1 million-prize in a Publishers' Clearing House type magazine subscription promotion.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
The B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, will beperforming at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, The B-Street Band, led by Hazleton native Willie Forte, has been in business since before there were tribute bands.

The B-Street Band performs at Jim Thorpe's Mauch Chunk Opera House on December 27 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this all-ages show are available at www.mcohjt.com or by calling SoundCheck Records at 570-325-4009.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"God, does anybody actually believe this?" Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) asks during "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

"Everybody," replies Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson).

That is accurate based on the box-office records broken by "Catching Fire," sequel to "Hunger Games" (2012).

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Country singer Phil Vassar, who had a hit with "Just Another Day In Paradise" and who wrote "Little Red Rodeo," will be performing at Penn's Peak on Jan. 11. Tickets are still available for this concert.

A dozen new shows have been added in recent weeks to the 2014 concert lineup at Penn's Peak - just in time for Christmas gift-giving.

The concerts represent various genres of music including the sounds of the Grateful Dead (Dickie Betts and Great Southern), rock (Heart), metal (Queensryche), oldies (Happy Together Tour with the Turtles), and country (Don Williams).

For some of the concerts, tickets are already on sale.

Tickets go on sale Friday for concerts by Queensryche, Williams, and Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, The Ultimate Billy Joel Experience.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Many of the best non-documentary feature films of 2013 have been based on true stories.

These include "Dallas Buyers Club," "12 Years A Slave," "Captain Phillips," "The Butler" and "42."

"Philomena" is another of the year's best films where the adage applies: "Truth is stranger than fiction."

The film should bring an Oscar actress nomination for Dame Judy Dench in the title role.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"Dallas Buyers Club" provides an alternative view of the Texas metropolis.

While the film's title might sound like the name of a club that those on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Dallas" (set for a 2014 telecast start) might belong to, or a QVC telemarketing spinoff, "Dallas Buyers Club" is about a company organized to provide what was purported to be H.I.V.-positive antidotes soon after the virus was identified.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"All Is Lost" is a harrowing tale about a sailor lost at sea.

What's the big deal about that, you might say?

The big deal is that the sailor is played by none other than Robert Redford.

And, at 77, the filming of "All Is Lost" was also likely a harrowing experience for Redford.

"All Is Lost" is all Redford. The character he plays, simply called "Our Man," is the only person in the film, and he's on-screen for virtually the entire film.

The film begins with a voice-over narration by Redford and then a title card tells us it's "Eight Days Earlier."

Monday, November 25, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The 70s Rewind performs during 10th anniversary celebration at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Penn's Peak celebrated its 10th anniversary Sunday with rock and roll music coupled with dancing, food, and even a Chinese auction.

Hundreds attended the event at the Jim Thorpe venue, which featured free concerts by two groups: Clyde Barrow and the Legendary Barbusters and The 70s Rewind.

The 70s Rewind accented their performance with videos which included movie clips, commercials, and concert scenes.

The Chinese auction was staged to benefit the local chapter of Dream Come True, which grants wishes to terminally ill children.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Last Vegas" is a hoot, starring four icons of contemporary cinema who have never appeared together in the same film.

Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline star as senior citizens, who called themselves the Flatbush Four when they were Brooklyn, N.Y., youths. In "Last Vegas," the four reunite in Las Vegas for a bachelor party.

Friday, November 15, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Chorus will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., at Panther Valley High School. An admission fee is charged, all proceeds benefit the chorus to defray expenses. The director is Tim Sterner, nationally known director of student groups. David Perkins, right, chorus director at Lehighton Area High School, directs rehearsal for students in the county chorus.